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“Pretty good -- and then the tourists arrive”

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Ranked #2,212 of 13,639 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$40
Cuisines: Bar, American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Little Italy
Cross street: Centre Market
Transit: J, M, Z & 6 trains to Canal Street.
New York City, New York
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106 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Pretty good -- and then the tourists arrive”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

We went there for brunch on a Sunday, cutting through from Chinatown to Soho. The interior's interesting, with an intricate wooden ceiling and comfortable, expansive tables and sofas than encourage you to curl up for a while.

The menu's fairly standard, nothing particularly original -- eggs benedict, burgers, fancy toast etc. Service was very friendly and cheerful albeit slooooow despite us being initially the only patrons other than the server's friends -- and the food took an absolute age (> 30 mins). That said, the food was very good, good enough that I would definitely visit again if I was in the vicinity, and the ambience was quiet, pleasant, and relaxed.

And then... 60 people arrived through the back door, vast numbers of pink Cosmos were poured, and every table, chair, stool, square of floor was taken up by people taking photos, fanning themselves to cool down, queueing for the restrooms, and so on. Turns out Onieal's was Aidan's bar in Sex and The City. I definitely didn't recognise it before (New York itself is pretty unrecognisable from 15 years ago), and to be honest I didn't really recognise it even when I knew where I was.

The tourists shouldn't put you off -- I presume they're only there a couple of times a day at most, and if you live in NYC you quickly get used to this sort of thing -- and its television history may even attract you.

  • Visited October 2013
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English first
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good service, poor food”
Reviewed 20 September 2013 via mobile

Went here based on the reweivs. The food wasnt great, the place was loud but excellent service. Wouldnt go here again.

  • Visited September 2013
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Hamburg, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Tip off tourists on tips and bill”
Reviewed 31 August 2013 via mobile

Good food and time until the bill came where they ripped us off on gratuity/tip. 70 dollars tip was generous enough but they tried to bully a 20% tip on a fat 432$ bill. A classic NY tourist rip off!

  • Visited August 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful Decor”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

Great Cosmos for all the sex n the city fans. Beautiful decor, friendly staff and good service. Great atmosphere.

Visited August 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“open for a century for good reason”
Reviewed 18 August 2013

This joint is reputed to have a tunnel that led from the old police headquarters, across the street, to this speakeasy cum bar where the ladies from Sex In The City went. It is tucked in a more quiet part of the neighborhood, has wonderful history, ambience, service and food. You can sit down away from the bar and feel that you are detached from that area, or plop down at or near the bar and enjoy the game on the tele and a more energetic atmosphere. I love this place.

  • Visited August 2013
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